Avalanche situation steady heading into New Year's weekend

By James Peters
December 30, 2016 - 4:19pm

KAMLOOPS — The storm activity that has washed over the BC Interior this week has brought a lot of snow to the Columbia and Cariboo mountain ranges.

Even so, Avalanche Canada Forecasting Program Supervisor James Floyer says conditions are fairly straightforward.

"We did get a lot of reports of avalanches during the last cycle of snow, which ended yesterday. That's pretty normal," said Floyer. "The good news is, we do expect things to improve relatively quickly as a result of that new snow then settling."

Floyer notes wind-loaded snow pillows on slopes greater than 35 degrees will still be susceptible to avalanches, as they always are.

He adds back country users should ease into their season, if they haven't been out yet this winter.

"It's always a good idea to ease into a new area. So if you sense that not people have ridden that area, start on small slopes where, if you do run into an avalanche, there's not very much consequence."

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